Call for Michigan Faculty: History, Political Economy, Urban Studies

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, a non-profit critical education and research institute which integrates rigorous but accessible scholarly study with the everyday lives of working adults and re-imagines scholarship for the twenty-first century, seeks scholars who are interested in joining our Michigan faculty to teach and design rigorous seminar-style courses for adult students. We are currently seeking new faculty members with specialized expertise in one of the following collected areas:

  • Modern History and/or Political Economy (AOS: Race and Society): Expertise in modern history and/or political economy, particularly as it connects to issues of race and socioeconomic conditions in the United States. Candidates must possess a deep familiarity with North American race history in its multiple dimensions (cultural, political, economic), and strong preference will be given to those who can connect their particular area of expertise to contemporary issues and methods in other social scientific and humanistic disciplines.
  • Urban Studies: Expertise in urban studies, with an interdisciplinary perspective on the connection between the built environment and social and racial (in)equity. Strong preference will be given to those with expertise in the “Rust Belt” cities of the Midwest.

Successful candidates for all faculty positions will have or be working toward a terminal degree in their field, be located in the Detroit, MI metropolitan area (broadly construed), have teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, a strong commitment to pedagogy, and interdisciplinary research interests that complement those of other BISR faculty.

We are particularly interested in applicants who also wish to take an active part in other Institute programming beyond the classroom, including digital projects, an ongoing podcast series, forthcoming publications, development, and other programming. Candidates will be teaching multiple seminars on the BISR model annually.

BISR is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. Applications from women and historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

Interested candidates should submit a CV and two-three short course proposals/ideas to BISR’s Executive Director (, Regional Director (, and Program Manager ( with the subject line “BISR Faculty Application.” (For a sense of the kinds of courses, formats, and styles BISR employs, please visit the course archive.) The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2019.

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